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From Ray Butcher

Ladies and Gentleman

Down South we organise a Federation day where 6-9 guitar societies(60-70 Guitarists) meet to play ensemble and showcase their group. 

https://federationofguitarsocieties.org.uk/Meetings/ and select any of the year tabs from 2009 and then click on Youtube.

If I/you can successfully entice your members to have a Federation day on the first/second Sunday in July each year how many of your members would be prepared to travel to a venue(unknown at the moment).
I am camping for 3 nights(7-9th August) near Chester and would like to meet up with committee members to discuss the possibility. 

Please would you get back to me with your availability during the time I am there.

Federation of Guitar Societies.

From West Dean Classical Guitar Festival
Dear Guitar Group
This is to let you know that booking has now opened for the
West Dean International Classical Guitar Festival 2018
18-23 August 2018
West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0QZ
The Festival provides outstanding learning and performing opportunities for classical guitarists of all levels (aged 16 and above) through repertoire and technique classes, ensemble playing, guitar orchestra, student concerts, individual lessons and solo masterclasses.   Working with internationally acclaimed artists you will study in an ensemble group according to your level.     The Festival includes a guitar open day and evening concert series with performances by William Kanengiser, Xuefei Yang, Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo and The Modern Guitar Trio.      Bursaries are available for students aged 16-24 to help with fees.
The Festival Director is Andrew Gough with Alison Bendy, Gerald Garcia, William Kanengiser, Gary Ryan, Helen Sanderson, Jarl Stromdal and Xuefei Yang.
West Dean College of Arts and Conservation is in an historic country house  with  Parkland and award-winning Gardens in the heart of the South Downs National Park.       The College offers comfortable accommodation and good food and there’s a bar, tennis courts, outdoor swimming pool and croquet lawn.  
I attach full information, together with a poster.    Please click here for the link to our website.
Many thanks for your help in spreading the word about the Festival.
Kind regards
Penny Sydenham
Penny Sydenham| Team Administrator, Marketing and Development
The Edward James Foundation Ltd, a registered charity
West Dean | Chichester | West Sussex | PO18 0QZ
DDI 01243 818256
penny.sydenham@westdean.org.uk| www.westdean.org.uk
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From John Mills

SOLO Classical Guitar Ensemble of South Lincolnshire are hosting and sponsoring a Concert by John Mills the celebrated classical guitarist at the New Life Conference & Events Centre, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7JP.
John will be leading an Ensemble Workshop for the SOLO Classical Guitar Ensemble on Thursday 4th October 2018 at the New Life Centre.
On Friday 5th October 2018 John will be in concert playing Music of Spain and Latin America at the New Life Centre. Concert room doors open 7pm for a start at 7.30pm. Entry is £10 including light refreshments at the interval.
On Saturday 6th October John MILLS will be available for single or duet performance lessons from 10am. £20 per session per person/duet. The piece of music to be played should be no more than 5 minutes in length giving maximum 20 minutes of time for analysis by John. There will be observers at these performance lessons and non SOLO CGE members are welcome to attend and learn, non-participation, for just £5.00 for the day. Payable at the door. Performance lessons sessions are limited so it will be on a first come first booked basis. Bookings:- contact Earl Marsh : earlsmarsh@aol.com, mobile: 07903144525
Instruments of Boston guitar maker Earl Marsh will be on display at the concert and at the Saturday workshop session.
The New Life Conference and Events Centre has plenty of car parking and is conveniently situated 10 minutes walk from Sleaford railway station. Sleaford has easy access by road and is a short drive from the A1.
For tickets contact: earlsmarsh@aol.com - Mobile: 07903144525 - Landline 01205 355656 payment can be made by cheque or direct bank transfer.
SOLO Classical Guitar Ensemble of South Lincolnshire is in it's 7th year and is a lively group of 12 players of all ages with an emphasis on playing and performance. Earl Marsh is our Leader and Leon Edingboro is our Musical Director. Our next concert is at Blackfriars Theatre, Boston on Saturday 16th March 2019. Tickets are available at the Theatre Box
Office http://www.blackfriarsartscentre.co.uk/ or online booking https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/blackfriars "

John Mills Poster 2018

From Andrew Clegg

I am pleased to announce that I have released a new album for 2018. 

The new album is called 'Anyday, Now.......Everyday!' and it is a collaboration between English composer Peter Byrom-Smith and Japanese composer Nobuya Monta and I had the pleasure of performing this wonderful modern classical music. The music is a side step from my Latin music, as I am going back to my classical roots for this project!

The album will be reviewed in various music publications and will be played on the radio too, but you can get a copy first!

The album is available to listen to and download from the follow link. You can also order a Cd version (£10) -


Over 2018 I will be writing new music for another album of original Latin music.

I wish you all well for 2018 and many thanks for your time.


'A rising star'
BBC Radio
'A rare talent, not to be missed'
The Yorkshire Post

in France

I am sending this info in case a member of the YCGS may be interested .
I would like to announce that the SUBSCRIPTIONS for the 39th stage / festival 'Guitare en France' at Château de Ligoure are now open. 
Please visit our website www.guitarenfrance.org for subscriptions and information. 
The 3d to 11th of August 2018 will be packed with guitar music and guitar activities in an exceptional environment.
Thank you for your collaboration
Best wishes

Eleftheria Kotzia